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Melania Trump Hiring Team To Answer Attacks

First lady Melania Trump is reportedly in the process of hiring a team to answer attacks made against her and her 10-year-old son, Barron, on social media.

Comedian Chelsea Handler was one of the critics mentioned, after she stated she would not interview the first lady because she cannot speak English well, Page Six reported.

Handler's remarks drew a response from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's attorney.

"Shame on Chelsea Handler for attacking our first lady in such a despicable manner," he told Page Six. "Don't be fooled by her accent. Melania is bright and articulate. To be clear, our first lady speaks multiple languages, I believe five. How many languages do you speak, Chelsea?" 

Handler organized the women's march at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 21.

She spoke about how she feels about the current political climate.

"Divisiveness is not the answer," said Handler, Variety reported. "And I think to get that message, we have to reach across party lines, forget your party."

She went on to explain her approach.

"I'm registering as an Independent. I'm not gonna be a Democrat anymore because it's too divisive. This isn't working, this two-party system," she said.

"Saturday Night Live" writer Katie Rich came under fire from the White House for a tweet about Barron.

A statement in response to Rich's declaration that Barron would become the nation's "first homeschool shooter" noted that such comments violated the "longstanding tradition that the children of presidents are afforded the opportunity to grow up outside of the political spotlight."

Rich later apologized for her tweet, describing it as "insensitive and inexcusable." She has been suspended from her post.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who played a role in the planning the inauguration, is reportedly involved in interviewing candidates for the positions of Melania's chief of staff, communications chief and social secretary.

Potential candidates for these positions include David Monn, an event planner from New York, and Jessica Boulanger, a senior vice president at Business Roundtable. Boulanger has been functioning as the first lady's communications chief until the position is filled permanently, according to CNN.

Sources: Page Six, Variety, CNN / Photo credit: DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos/Wikimedia Commons

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